Contempt proceedings against Mallya only when he is produced

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The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned the hearing on the contempt of court case against liquor baron Vijay Mallya as the government failed to produce him.

Noting the steps the central government is taking for Mallya's extradition, a bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit said: "The matter may be put up on his production before the court".

The apex court, which was to pronounce quantum of the sentence today against Mallya, who has alreday been convicted for its contempt, said proceedings can't move further unless the businessman is produced before him.

"The government of India has taken steps to secure his presence but Mallya is yet to be produced".

This correspondence is annexed to a status report filed by the Ministry for Home Affairs in the Supreme Court which is hearing a case relating to Mallya.

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The apex court's order had come on a plea by the consortium of banks, led by the State Bank of India (SBI), which had said that Mallya had allegedly transferred $40 million received from British firm Diageo to his children in "flagrant violation" of various judicial orders. You have to produce him before us.

Earlier this month, a London court had rejected Mallya's request to shift the final hearing date in his extradition case to next year and fixed it for December 4.

The top court July 25, 2016, issued notice to Mallya on a contempt plea by the consortium of banks for not making full disclosure of his assets, nor those held by his wife and children, both in India and overseas.

The banks had argued before the court that Mallya had wilfully disobeyed the orders and made "vague" disclosure about his assets.

Mallya, who has been in the United Kingdom since March 2016, was arrested by Scotland Yard on April 18 this year, and India has been trying to extradite him from the United Kingdom for the loan fraud cases.

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